Breaking: London orchestra in turmoil as chief executive quitsmain
It has just been announced that the Philharmonia’s managing director Helen Sprott is stepping down after just over two years in the job.
Helen was hired from the Arts Council, where she had been responsible for funding orchestras.
No-one is saying why she has gone so fast, but clearly things are not going well.
She said: ‘The Philharmonia is an extraordinary orchestra, and it has been a privilege to lead, to champion its wonderful players, to work with outstanding conductors, and to create the Philharmonia’s artistic programme. But after two all-consuming years, I have made the difficult decision to pursue other professional and personal objectives. With future seasons planned, a full schedule and strong audience figures, the time is right to hand on this important responsibility.’
The orchestra is also in the hunt for a music director to succeed E-P Salonen.
It is in a bit of trouble.